MEMPHIS – (localmemphis.com) A dying cold front is sliding close to the Mid-south today. It will provide enough of a spark to generate a couple thunderstorms north of I-40 this afternoon. Meanwhile, for the rest of us, the heat gets cranked. Highs will be in the low 90s but ask yourself if that really matters. Humidity will push the heat index close to 100° for a solid chunk of the afternoon. Many high schools start bumping pads for real this evening. It’ll start hot with just that small chance at a storm or two but be safe. Remember the saying “when it roars, get indoors.” If you’re close enough to hear thunder, you’re close enough to get struck by lightning. The aforementioned front goes away without much of a temperature impact for the weekend. A ridge of high pressure in the upper levels of the atmosphere will call the Mid-south home for the next week. It’ll drive up temperatures and keep rain chances low. Weekend highs will be close to the mid 90s; you’re already thinking about the heat index aren’t you? It’ll around 101-105°. There may be enough heating to give us one or two showers but when you look at the seven day, you won’t see a rain chance. Why? Well, it’s just not enough to make you alter your plans over at this point.
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-Meteorologist Sean Parker